The Moland House

The Moland House Mailing Address: Warwick Township Historical Soc PO Box 107 Jamison PA 18929 In the early evening of 10 August 1777, eleven thousand Continental and militia soldiers are marching up York Road towards the Cross Roads with Bristol Road [Hartsville, PA] on their way to Coryell’s Ferry [New Hope, PA] to camp four miles across the Delaware River.
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General George Washington receives a dispatch from John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, placing the 260-vessel British fleet, hauling 17,000 troops under General William Howe, fifty miles south of the Delaware Capes [May & Henelopen] on 7 August. Unsure and wary of Howe’s intentions, Washington immediately halts his force to encamp around the bridge over the Little Neshaminy Creek in Warwick Township, Bucks County. Knowing the area and having ridden through only ten days earlier, he selects the substantial stone dwelling of Widow Moland as his Head Quarters on the farm north of the bridge. An invasion force from Canada, led by British General Burgoyne, is advancing through central New York. Howes’ large fleet was last reported heading eastward from the mouth of Delaware Bay. What are his intentions? For eleven sweltering summer days, Washington frets as no further intelligence arrives about the fleet. A Council of War on 21 August in the Moland House concludes Howe is heading south to attack Charleston, SC. The encamped army is ordered to return through New Jersey to assist the Northern Army against Burgoyne’s invading forces or attack New York City. But two dispatches arrive within the next few hours which place Howes’ fleet sailing up Chesapeake Bay. On 23 August 1777, camp breaks at 4 a.m. The Patriot troops march back down York Road towards Philadelphia in a dash to the Chesapeake. A skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge below Newark, DE; battles at Brandywine, Germantown, Paoli, the struggle for the forts along the Delaware River, a stand-off at Whitemarsh, and retiring into winter quarters at Valley Forge soon follow. During the winter, Pennsylvania militia will range through this area striving to impose a land blockade on trade with the British in Philadelphia. The Continental Army will return to Bucks County in June 1778 on their way to confront Royal forces at Monmouth Courthouse, NJ. During this encampment at the Moland House, nineteen year-old Marquis de Lafayette arrives to present his papers to General Washington. A life-long friendship has begun. On 21 August, Casimir Pulaski appears at Head Quarters with his credentials. Later during the winter, Pulaski will work to forge the Continental cavalry. “Light Horse Harry” Lee is acquitted at a court-martial held in the nearby Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church [since rebuilt]. Legend has it that the thirteen-starred “Betsy Ross” flag was first unfurled at the “Cross Roads near Neshamini Bridge”. This is the legacy of the Moland House.

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Stay safe and enjoy the beauty.
02/01/2021

Stay safe and enjoy the beauty.

Merry Christmas.
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas.

The Warwick Township Historical Society mourns the passing of  Mr. Ken Barlow, a long-time member, volunteer and officer...
12/18/2020

The Warwick Township Historical Society mourns the passing of Mr. Ken Barlow, a long-time member, volunteer and officer of the Society. Ken joined the board in 2001 and was elected Vice President in 2002, an office which he held for the last eighteen years.

Ken not only served as Vice President, but was also Chairman of the Facilities Committee making sure all of the mechanical systems in the Moland House were working properly. He was also a docent who loved nothing more than teaching the fifth grade kids who came to the Moland House as a part of their study of the American Revolution. He and his beloved wife Lorraine even cleaned the house, washed windows and kept us stocked with paper towels!

During the restoration it was Ken who supervised the installation of the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems including HVAC, fire sprinkler, and burglar and fire alarms.

Ken taught chemistry, physics and biology before entering the newly developing computer industry where he taught programming and computer operation. He then became a Computer Systems Analyst, a job which took him around the world and included stints with the Pentagon, NORAD, and a number of high-profile technology firms.

Ken was a multitalented man who was a loyal volunteer and a good friend to all in the Moland House family. He will be greatly missed.

Happy Hanukkah to all our friends celebrating this week.
12/17/2020

Happy Hanukkah to all our friends celebrating this week.

This year we have the honor of placing our Christmas Tree in Pearl Buck's kitchen during the Festival of Trees. That all...
12/01/2020

This year we have the honor of placing our Christmas Tree in Pearl Buck's kitchen during the Festival of Trees. That allowed us the opportunity to decorate her table as well. The trees will be on display from Nov 14 through Dec. 31. Please call ahead for tickets and reservations at 215-249-0100.

11/26/2020
11/11/2020
Our picnic grove is open for fall picnic lunches and don’t forget your bikes. The newly paved path leads to Memorial Par...
10/31/2020

Our picnic grove is open for fall picnic lunches and don’t forget your bikes. The newly paved path leads to Memorial Park and Safety City.

It was a beautiful day to enjoy the new walking path that passes through our grounds. While we are not open for tours, Q...
10/17/2020

It was a beautiful day to enjoy the new walking path that passes through our grounds. While we are not open for tours, QR codes are available throughout the property to give you an audio tour.

10/15/2020
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Join General Washington, General Lafayette, and Colonel Hamilton as they discuss the Siege of Yorktown, the subsequent surrender, and what this could mean for the future of America.

09/24/2020
Robin Robinson Bucks County Recorder of Deeds

Robin Robinson Bucks County Recorder of Deeds

Here is the story of original Deed Book 1. Thank you Bucks County Chapter, DAR - Doylestown, PA.
Hope you enjoy!
#buckscounty #recorderofdeeds #preservationhappenshere

Heart to Hearth Cookery
09/13/2020

Heart to Hearth Cookery

This year my Puhwen (Lenape white flour corn) is about a month behind as I am just now harvesting a few ears for green corn. (Only a few as I need to have most mature to have seed for next year and to interpret hominy.) With the pandemic, there have been no festivals or events for my interpretation of giving thanks for my maize (corn) so I am posting pictures of my 2020 Puhwen with pictures from prior events of my preparing two types of green corn bread.

Please drive by and check out our new flags. They look especially nice at night when illuminated.
08/20/2020

Please drive by and check out our new flags. They look especially nice at night when illuminated.

07/14/2020
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

https://www.facebook.com/TJMonticello/videos/767518930668575/

Thomas Jefferson considered the French Revolution a sequel to the United States’ struggle for liberty, and thanks to the five years he spent in Paris in the 1780s, he had a front-row seat on the coming of this watershed moment in French history. Indeed, Jefferson was in Paris for the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.

Join us this Tuesday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a special Bastille Day conversation between Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by our own Bill Barker, and the Marquis de Lafayette, interpreted by Colonial Williamsburg’s Mark Schneider. These veteran historic interpreters will discuss their lifelong friendship, experiences during the American and French Revolutions, and views on democracy, slavery, and freedom.

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Happy Flag. We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather.
06/14/2020

Happy Flag. We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather.

Craven Hall Historical Society
05/29/2020
Craven Hall Historical Society

Craven Hall Historical Society

Looking to have some good, old-fashioned colonial fun? We are! Check out our latest blog article, "Popular Pastimes in 18th Century America," as part of our blog series, "Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century."

#localhistory #buckscounty #pahistory #warminster #colonialamerica

https://medium.com/craven-hall-historical-society/colonial-life-how-our-ancestors-lived-during-the-18th-century-8f6da3a19405

Happy Memorial Day. May we remember those that sacrificed their lives for our country. Pictured are grave markers of sol...
05/23/2020

Happy Memorial Day. May we remember those that sacrificed their lives for our country. Pictured are grave markers of soldiers who perished preparing to cross the Delaware and surprise the Hessians in Trenton. They can be found on the PA side on the Canal Path.

The 8-arch Stone Bridge in Warwick, Pa.
05/15/2020
The 8-arch Stone Bridge in Warwick, Pa.

The 8-arch Stone Bridge in Warwick, Pa.

During that busy day an important visitor showed up at headquarters. Count Pulaski was received at the Moland house with a letter from Benjamin Franklin, introducing him as a gentleman of “character and Military Abilities.” Noting that Pulaski “takes this from me, as an introductory letter at his own request,” Washington dispatched him with introductions to President Hancock and George Clymer.
Pulaski’s arrival was also welcomed by Lafayette, for he had brought the first letter the Marquis had received from his wife Adrienne since his departure from France in June. They had one child, Henriette, and were expecting a second; so the young man was eager for news. (Thirteen Days in August by Helen Gemmill) https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/05/casimir-pulaski-and-the-threat-to-the-upper-delaware-river-valley/

05/08/2020
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Join "America's favorite fighting Frenchman" LIVE on Thursday!

04/01/2020
Taking a walk at the Moland House

With the daffodils in bloom, the Moland House makes a perfect place to take a walk. There is plenty of space to practice social distancing and a nature trail marked with QR codes.

The Moland House Tea scheduled for April 19th has been cancelled.  Also, all scheduled Open House Tours have been cancel...
03/29/2020

The Moland House Tea scheduled for April 19th has been cancelled. Also, all scheduled Open House Tours have been cancelled until further notice. We look forward to the day when the Covid-19 crisis has come to pass, and we can once again open the doors of this extraordinary historic home to all. But until then...please be well.

The Moland House Craft Show that was scheduled to begin on March 25th has unfortunately been canceled.
03/17/2020

The Moland House Craft Show that was scheduled to begin on March 25th has unfortunately been canceled.

I'm sorry to announce that we are CANCELLING the spring show. There is too much risk and we want everyone to be safe. Please help to get the word out by sharing this post. Our next event is Crafts In the Barn

https://www.facebook.com/CraftsInTheBarn/

We hope that goes off without a hitch. Stay well and safe!

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, March 8th between 1 and 4.
03/06/2020

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, March 8th between 1 and 4.

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, February 9th from 1 to 4pm.  (Pictured: Moland in 1942)
02/05/2020

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, February 9th from 1 to 4pm. (Pictured: Moland in 1942)

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, 1/12 from 1 to 4.
01/10/2020

Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, 1/12 from 1 to 4.

Historic Preservation at Bucks County Community College
12/30/2019

Historic Preservation at Bucks County Community College

Ever wished the walls of your historic house could talk? They do! Join historic preservationist Kathryn Auerbach and the Bucks Historic Preservation program for a one-week course on site at the Mercer Museum this January! Students will learn how to speak the "language" of old houses, reading for clues in their walls, windows, hardware, fixtures, and materials. Special behind-the-scenes tours of Museum collections will show students what to look for in their own homes to unlock the secrets your historic house wants you to know. Email [email protected] for more information and to register!

Today is the last day of the Moland Christmas Craft Show.  We'll be here until 5pm.  There are also house tours from 1 t...
12/07/2019

Today is the last day of the Moland Christmas Craft Show. We'll be here until 5pm. There are also house tours from 1 to 3pm. Come on out and enjoy our festive atmosphere!

Crafts At Moland House
12/04/2019

Crafts At Moland House

Do you need some ornaments? We have some beautiful and reasonable ones! Here till Saturday so come with your friends! Can’t find what we have at the Mall!

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Can anyone tell me where the old Fairview Schoolhouse was in Warwick Township? Any photos? Thanks so much!
If not for what occurred at Moland House between General Washington and the young Lafayette this hero of two worlds would not have happened.
Interesting! With the house and I having the SAME name...I definitely will be making some inquiries. Thank you!
The Marquis and the Spy Reunited This time AFL member Mark Schneider is joined by Stephen Seals (portraying James Armistead Lafayette). Mr. Seals was our outstanding guest speaker at the 2018 AFL cocktail party in Yorktown. Colonial Williamsburg's page states: James Lafayette was an enslaved man who served as a spy for the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution. Take a front row seat to their reunion when the Marquis returns to America 40 years later and sits down with James. Watch and listen in as the two catch up on their lives and answer your questions. How did the revolution that brought them together affect the next four decades of their lives? https://www.facebook.com/ColonialWilliamsburg/videos/258161678615644/?v=258161678615644
August of 1777 a council of war was held at Moland House.
Happy Marquis de Lafayette Day! In 2015, the Commonwealth of Virginia approved a resolution to honor the French general on March 14. On this day in 1781, after preparing in Williamsburg, Lafayette arrived in Yorktown to start a military campaign against the British that would culminate in their defeat. Lafayette walks our streets here in Colonial Williamsburg, interpreted by the talented Mark Schneider. https://www.facebook.com/ColonialWilliamsburg/videos/1320409871488682/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/07/this-map-helped-george-washington-win-revolutionary-war-now-its-display-mount-vernon/ The collection includes 13 maps once used by Washington’s French subordinate and Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, and one co-authored by Thomas Jefferson’s father, Peter Jefferson.
11 Key People Who Shaped George Washington's Life
WARWICK TOWNSHIPBoard of Supervisors’ Meeting AgendaDecember 2, 20197 p.m (Headquarters Trail and Comprehensive Plan)
Both Washington and Lafayette shopped here.